“Is baar mera beta jab aaega toh uske medal ka colour change hu hoga (This time when my son will return from Olympics, the colour of his medal will be different),” wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s mother Sushila Devi said just a couple of hours before her son was to compete in his first bout at the Rio Games. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Bhainswal Kalan, a tiny hamlet in Sonepat district, where Yogeshwar has spent all his life with his family, was gearing up for it’s favourite son’s quest for a medal at the Rio Olympics. (London 2012 medallist Yogeshwar Dutt disappoints in Rio)Preparations were in full swing and the entire village watched the bout on a giant screen set up outside the Sarpanch’s (village head) residence.But soon after the Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig, against whom Yogeshwar was fighting his first round bout, took a 1-0 lead in the first period, tension was evident everywhere in the village.Yogeshwar, the bronze medallist at the London Olympics in 2012, was out in the first round losing his bout to the Mongolian wrestler.A pall of gloom descended on this village that was hoping for Yogeshwar to sign off his international career on a high.It turned out to be an anti-climax and expectations of celebrations went up in smoke.In the morning, a ‘havan’ (ritual) was performed at the nearby akhada (wrestling arena) in the village. Yogeshwar’s mother had been busy dealing with media persons, giving interviews one after the other. She had not even eaten anything since morning, hoping that the first meal of the day will be something sweet.advertisementFor some reason, Yogeshwar’s mother doesn’t watch him on television while he is competing.”I have a weak heart. I can’t watch him fight and besides, I have a feeling that it brings luck too,” she said.Sushila Devi did the same on Sunday evening as well and went into her room, praying for the success of her son. But unfortunately, Yogeshwar couldn’t make it to the next round.Some people, who had gathered at Yogeshwar’s house to watch the bout, left after his first-round loss but most of them stayed back, hoping that Yogeshwar will get another shot if the Mongolian wrestler, he had lost to, makes it to the final. But that was not to be.There was disappointment everywhere but next morning the village will wake up again, and will wait for Yogeshwar to return as a retired athlete.Yogeshwar may not have been able to win what would have been his second Olympic medal, but he will still be remembered for inspiring a generation to take up wrestling and excel at the biggest stage of sports.
Brimming with joy after leading India to their biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup win on Sunday, talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri said the Blue Tigers may not be the most technically sound team but their ability to fight till the final whistle makes them a difficult side to play against.Sunil Chhetri scored a double as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also put their names on the scoresheet as India came up with a clinical performance.Ranked 97 on the FIFA charts, India were expected to make a positive start against Southeast Asian powerhouses, Thailand. However, it is safe to say the win with a three-goal margin was unexpected.”It feels good. To be very honest, all the other three teams [in Group A] are more experienced and better than us. I have no shame in saying that. The way the boys fought… they showed character,” Chhetri said after the match.”As I said before, we might not be the most technical team but we are a difficult team to play against, we fight and fight till the end. That’s what the boys showed out there. Everyone of them ran for their lives and defended and that’s what we play the game for.”Considering the bigger picture, this is a good but small start. But I’ll talk about just this game – it was bloody brilliant to be a part of the way my team went about things. And it’s even more special knowing we made a country happy, even if it is only for a day.advertisementSunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 6 January 2019What a thumping win by @IndianFootball over @Changsuek_TH (Thailand)!India are now at the top of Group A!3pts1pt1pt0pt#BackTheBlue #THAIND #AsianDream #BlueTigers: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/7BqEVwFvkXHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019Chhetri helped open the scoring as he converted a penalty in the 27th minute of the match to send the section of Indian fans at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi into a tizzy.Thailand captain Teerasil Dangda led the team’s reply as the War Elephants found the equaliser six minutes after conceding the goal. Both the teams headed to the break tied at 1-1.Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!What an achievement to KO the Blue Tigers’ #AsianCup2019 campaign! pic.twitter.com/fsXo4QB586#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019However, it was one-way traffic in the second-half. Chhetri opened the scoring as early as the first minute after the break with a stunning finish after nimble-footed Udanta Singh ran down the right flank and sent in a cross. Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored in the 68th and the 80th minute respectively to put the game to bed.Speaking about the shift in style after the break, Chhetri said India wanted to just make sure they didn’t give space to Thailand who worked the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh quite a lot in the first 45 minutes.”Told ourselves ‘Make sure you defend in numbers, make sure you don’t give them space.’ They are so good with the ball, we saw in the first half… if we allow them, they will keep passing. So the team spoke about getting close and cutting down on the space,” Chhetri added.Chhetri became the highest scorer for India in the AFC Asian Cup history as the Bengaluru FC captain surpassed Inder Singh, who struck twice in the 1964 edition when the country had finished runners up.He also went past Lionel Messi to become the second highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. The India striker now has 67 goals while Messi has 65.However, the goal-scoring machine insisted he is not thinking about records but only about the team’s progress in the ongoing continental tournament.”It’s time now to focus on the stuff. It doesn’t matter who scores. I am happy we got the three points. You can see the happiness and jubilation in our faces when someone scores. That tells you how tightly knit we are as a team. I just hope we get much more from the tournament. I am so happy and proud of the boys.”Thanking the Blue Pilgrims, who had turned out in considerable numbers to support the team, Chhetri said: “Brilliant. We expect so much from them because they have made us get used to great support wherever we go. I just want to thank them. I just hope we can give them more to cheer in the coming matches. Keep supporting us, we will give our best in the pitch.”advertisement
MLS Toronto FC wins MLS Cup title as Altidore strike topples Seattle Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 07:32 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tom Szczerbowski MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Videos The U.S. striker’s 67th-minute strike led TFC to a 2-0 win over the reigning champions, making his side the first treble winner in MLS history TORONTO — There was a tangible energy pent up at BMO Field, lying just beneath the surface.The feeling wasn’t just the product of Toronto FC’s parade of near misses in the MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday — it stemmed from a wait for exultation that dated back to last year’s title game, lost to the same opponent on penalties.Then came a moment of magic courtesy of Sebastian Giovinco, followed by a bit of class from Jozy Altidore. And those 30,584 fans finally let loose. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Altidore’s 67th-minute strike was all Toronto needed, with Victor Vazquez adding a stoppage-time insurance tally en route to a 2-0 win over Seattle in the MLS Cup final. In claiming the league title, Toronto followed up its Supporters’ Shield win and Canadian Championship triumph to become the first team in MLS to earn a treble.At long last. @JozyAltidore gives @torontofc the lead at #MLSCup . https://t.co/CSUcnC5EWV — Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017 It was Toronto that proved to be the aggressor off the bat, with Drew Moor floating an early header over the bar from point-blank range. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei was then called into action twice in quick succession, denying a stinging effort from Jonathan Osorio before getting the faintest of touches on a Giovinco shot as the Italian closed in at the far post.In fact, it wasn’t until the 30th minute that Joevin Jones gave Seattle a shot on goal — marking the first for the Sounders in 150 minutes of MLS Cup play against Toronto, having failed to put an effort on target during last year’s penalties win after a 0-0 draw.TFC kept piling on the pressure, with Frei doing well to turn away shots from Marco Delgado and Vazquez before Jones narrowly escaped an own goal with one risky clearance. Steven Beitashour came close early in the second half, curling a left-footed effort just beyond the top corner, and Michael Bradley’s bid from distance in the 60th minute forced an enticing rebound that Toronto couldn’t pounce on.Super @Stefan24Frei . #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/wUtUdefgko — Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017 But TFC finally broke through, as Giovinco split the center backs with an exquisite through ball before Altidore lifted his shot over the onrushing Frei and lunging Jones — sending BMO Field into long-awaited raptures.BEDLAM.It’s 2-0 @torontofc! #MLSCuphttps://t.co/UVdaNcEA4M— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017And Vazquez added the icing on the cake in the dying stages, bundling home into an empty net after Armando Cooper’s shot rang the post.
Barcelona 6 Girona 1: Suarez treble and Messi masterclass settle Catalan clash Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:42 2/25/18 Getty Images Girona led through Portu at Barcelona but Luis Suarez’s hat-trick, a Lionel Messi double and Philippe Coutinho’s strike turned it around. Lionel Messi dazzled on his way to another career record as Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 6-1 demolition of Girona.Messi notched a superb brace and has now scored against 36 opponents in Spain’s top flight – more than any other player in the competition’s history.Ninth-placed Girona have made waves in their debut LaLiga season and Pablo Machin’s side drew first blood at Camp Nou through Portu, the forward adding to goals against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca’s response was brilliant, with Messi running through his full repertoire to put their Catalan neighbours in their place and move on to 30 in all competitions this season.A 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid – who face a tricky trip to Sevilla on Sunday – was essentially secured by half-time, but Philippe Coutinho spectacular first league strike for the Blaugrana and Suarez’s treble gave the home faithful further reason to revel.It was the first time Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele were named in the same starting XI by Ernesto Valverde, but there is little doubt over who remains the master.36 – Lionel Messi has now scored against more different teams than any other player in La Liga history, surpassing Raul Gonzalez and Aritz Aduriz (35). Genie. pic.twitter.com/zjEPCuHAVU— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 24, 2018Ivan Rakitic picked the wrong moment to get involved in the showboating spirit of Barcelona’s all-star line-up when his ill-advised backheel led to Girona’s third-minute opener.Girona scythed forward on the break and, although Aday Benitez appeared to have overrun the ball, hesitation between Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen allowed Portu to steal in and finish well from a narrow angle.The home side responded instantly – Messi rolling a typically perfect throughball for Suarez to slot home.The Argentinian superstar soon clicked into virtuoso mode with some sumptuous passing and, when Suarez returned the favour of his earlier assist, Bernardo Espinosa scampered back to head Messi’s chip off the line.Bono’s efforts were not so robust after half an hour as Messi twisted back inside Jonas Ramalho and Juanpe. The resulting shot was struck firmly enough but the Girona goalkeeper should have done better than parrying into his bottom right corner.Barca’s talisman seemed determined to turn Bono’s night into an ordeal and he clipped a cute free-kick under a jumping defensive wall to make it 3-1.Girona kept coming and Ter Stegen saved sharply from Anthony Lozano’s header, but a blistering break orchestrated by Messi allowed Coutinho to tee up Suarez for a simple finish.There was no let-up from Valverde’s side and Rakitic and Dembele combined for Suarez to hit the outside of the post in pursuit of his hat-trick after 54 minutes.Dembele shifted inside Espinoza to come agonisingly close to a confidence-boosting goal before Gerard Pique was allowed to rest for the final half hour, having again hobbled through portions of the action.3 – Players with most goals scored from outside the box in Europe’s top five leagues in last five seasons:Lionel Messi 29PHILIPPE COUTINHO 19Cristiano Ronaldo 19Premiere. pic.twitter.com/pNgSgtjsfo— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 24, 2018Coutinho brought Camp Nou to its feet with a trademark curler from 25 yards midway through the second half.Bono finally bested Messi by tipping his latest free-kick away from the top corner and touched a late header from substitute Thomas Vermaelan on to the bar.But he had to pick a ball that now belongs to Suarez out of his net one last time in the 77th minute – Dembele charging down the right channel and crossing for the Uruguay striker to do the rest.Barca finished the game with 10 when, after making all three substitutions, right-back Nelson Semedo limped off with an apparent hamstring injury.Key Opta stats:- Luis Suarez has scored 15 goals in his last 12 La Liga matches, all of them assisted by a team-mate and all of them coming from inside the box. – Lionel Messi has scored 30 or more goals in each of his last 10 seasons for Barcelona in all competitions (30 in 2017-18).- Portu is the only player to score against Barcelona, Atletico and Real Madrid in La Liga this season. read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmarkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesc Fabregas doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he plays his 500th English game.The Irish Independent says the Spanish midfielder missed the victory over Crystal Palace with a neck injury, but could return to the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Southampton.He has made a combined 499 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.Having moved to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, Fabregas has spent over 12 years in English football and has been one of the best ever Premier League players.He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two league titles with Chelsea.
Story Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is taking further steps to curtail the troubling prevalence of gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the interventions include the development of a budget for the new National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence, and the appointment of a Council to oversee its implementation along with the National Policy for Gender Equality, 2011.She was making her 2017/18 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 30.Ms. Grange said the Action Plan provides a platform for an integrated, multisectoral approach to address the critical issues and challenges impacting victims, perpetrators, and witnesses of acts of violence.“Under the Plan, we are proposing the establishment of a minimum of three Regional Emergency Centres within the next two to three years for women fleeing violence and unsafe living conditions,” the Minister said.She announced that the budget and implementation plan have been prepared and submitted to Cabinet and are being deliberated on by the Human Resource Committee.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange informed the House that the Bureau of Gender Affairs has collaborated with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop an online platform that will be pivotal in heightening public awareness of gender-based violence.“A key feature of the platform is the community section where persons can chat with others who have had similar experiences, in a safe, secure, anonymous space. The community chat helps victims and survivors to heal,” she explained.Ms. Grange said the platform will be jointly managed by the Ministry and UNFPA. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the interventions include the development of a budget for the new National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence, and the appointment of a Council to oversee its implementation along with the National Policy for Gender Equality, 2011. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is taking further steps to curtail the troubling prevalence of gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination. Ms. Grange said the Action Plan provides a platform for an integrated, multisectoral approach to address the critical issues and challenges impacting victims, perpetrators, and witnesses of acts of violence.
He said they have been encouraged to consider making arrangements to operate in other markets controlled by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC). Story Highlights “We have been exploring various options… we have said to them that there are spaces at Stony Hill Market… there are spaces in the other markets that we own (such as) Papine, Coronation (and) Cross Roads,” he said, noting that some vendors are making their own arrangements. Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says every effort is being made to assist vendors at the Constant Spring Market to relocate. Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says every effort is being made to assist vendors at the Constant Spring Market to relocate.He said they have been encouraged to consider making arrangements to operate in other markets controlled by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).“We have been exploring various options… we have said to them that there are spaces at Stony Hill Market… there are spaces in the other markets that we own (such as) Papine, Coronation (and) Cross Roads,” he said, noting that some vendors are making their own arrangements.Mr. Williams was the main speaker at the Shortwood Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church’s community guest day event recently.He informed that the KSAMC has had several meetings with the vendors to discuss the Constant Spring Road expansion plan.“We have been outlining the fact that the Government has asked that we sell the market to them for the purpose of the road widening. We have been taking steps in terms of the process to sell, while at the same time, trying to maximise the time that the vendors stay at the market, so we haven’t even issued the vendors a notice yet to leave the market,” he pointed out.Mr. Williams noted further that no authorisation has been given to demolish the market and remove the vendors.“We have not issued any notice for demolition. We have been very clear that the market must not be demolished unless clear authorisation is given by the Council. We have not given that authorisation. We understand the concerns of the vendors. We feel their concerns and we understand that it’s their livelihood, so we have been taking our time… to deal with the issue,” he pointed out.The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced a major road upgrading project along Constant Spring Road to accommodate four lanes of traffic, new traffic management solutions and improved pedestrian facilities.The project will include improvements where Constant Spring Road intersects with Red Hills Road, West King’s House Road, Dunrobin Avenue, Shortwood Road, West Avenue and Oaklands, Immaculate Conception and Constant Spring Tax Office, and Olivier Road.There will be new signalised intersections where Constant Spring Road intersects with Mannings Hill Road, Constant Spring Terrace and Hillman Road, Clifton Boulevard, Manor Centre, Manor Park circulation, Stilwell Road and Long Lane.Central Avenue will become a one-way corridor, and a temporary bridge will be created within the Manor Park circulation.
London: Jason Behrendorff doesn’t seen an issue if left-arm pacers like him and Mitchell Starc feature in the Australian playing eleven more often, especially after the duo’s match winning performances against England in the World Cup here on Tuesday. Behrendorff was brought into the side for just his eighth ODI due to England’s historic struggles against left-arm pacemen and that decision proved a masterstroke at Lord’s. The 29-year-old took his maiden international five-for thanks to figures of 5/44, while Starc ended with 4/43 as England were skittled for 221 in pursuit of 286 a 64-run defeat. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev And although this was just the second ODI in which they have appeared together, Behrendorff is now keen to continue his burgeoning new-ball combination with Starc. “We don’t often see it but I don’t see why we can’t play together,” he said. “Sometimes you play three right-armers, so why can’t we play two lefties? Mitch and I have different roles throughout the team, so it’s really good that we could partner together. It’s something we thought was going to work well against England and then we picked up nine wickets between the two of us, so it potentially worked quite well!” Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Behrendorff hopes to play alongside Starc more often. “Mitch and I are really happy to be able to play on the same team together and to have two lefties, hopefully we could see more of it. That would be great. One of those things you dream of as a kid is to play cricket for Australia and then to come here and play at Lord’s for the first time was something special. “You don’t play cricket for the accolades but to play at Lord’s and to take five wickets was really special.” Victory means Australia are the first side to rubber-stamp their place in the knockout stages, with six wins from seven. England’s hopes though are on a knife-edge with must win games to come against India and New Zealand after they suffered their first back-to-back ODI defeat on home soil in four years. Even though their semi-final place is secure Behrendorff is eager to keep building momentum in the remaining group-stage fixtures and also doesn’t believe Australia should be considered favourites to lift the trophy. “I don’t think we’re the team to beat,” he said ahead of concluding group stage matches with New Zealand and South Africa. “The competition is still very open. England are still a great side and they are probably still favourites, with it being in their home country. “We aspire to continue just playing good cricket but I don’t think we’re favourites, that’s for sure.”
Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents. Remind is calling on its Canadian users — nearly one million individuals, according to the company — to pressure Rogers and Bell to reverse a recent price increase that makes Remind’s texting service uneconomic in this country.“Beginning on Jan. 28, parents and students in Canadian classes who normally get Remind texts will no longer receive messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries,” the company says.It goes on to ask users to reach out to Bell and Rogers through social media to ask them to reverse the fee.The free version of Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents. Rogers and Bell say they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks indirectly through two intermediary companies — but they are willing to discuss a compromise.“We know how important it is for educators and parents to stay connected,” Rogers spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said in an email statement.“Last year we reached out and made every effort to work out a more than fair agreement with them that would have met their SMS needs on our network. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied.”Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson said in an email that Bell doesn’t directly charge either its own customers or Remind to send or receive text messages on their mobile phones.But Bell did begin to charge an intermediary company, called Syniverse, a “very nominal fee” for each message delivered over its network as of Dec. 1 in response to a higher volume of spam text messages.“We were contacted by Remind for the first time last week about the increased costs they’re facing. We are talking to them and Syniverse about what can be done to address their concerns.”Syniverse is an intermediary that bridges the gap between the world’s wireless communications networks. In this case, it has relationships with Bell, Rogers and Twilio, another intermediary used by Remind. None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said.In the meantime, Remind’s strategy in Canada is to provide a free version of its service to teachers who then spread the word to students, parents and eventually school administrators.“That’s why this move by Rogers and Bell also is problematic. Basically, it comes at a time when all we are providing to Canada — educators, students and parents — is a free version of our service.”“Our business model is really about building more benefits and features into our communications platform that then allow us to sell a paid version . . . that connects to what are called school information systems,” Grey said.Grey said he’s looking for alternative methods for Remind to reach users in Canada but said it would be better to stay with Bell and Rogers, given the number of teachers, students and parents who use their service.
Rabat – Moroccan controversial Loubna Abidar releases her autobiography in France under the title La dangerouse.Abidar, who ignited very hostile and angry reactions after her participation in Nabil Ayouch’s feature filmMuch Loved, relates her life story in Morocco under the norms of what she describes ‘a patriarchal and misogynistic society.’ Her book, wherein she expresses her views on a myriad of women issues, is expected to be as contentious and daring as her film.Featured in Much Loved as a prostitute in obscene erotic scenes, Abidar was not only severely lambasted but also physically aggressed for transgressing and trespassing what the majority of Moroccans consider as ‘red lines.’ The controversy following her film went even further to the extent that some fundamental voices called for her death. On 6 November 2015, she was attacked on a street in Casablanca. The next day she flew to France because she “realized that her life is at risk” in Morocco.Her role in Much Loved earned her a number of awards abroad: The Valois for Best Actress at the Francophone Film Festival of Angoulême and the Golden Bayard Festival of Namur. Loubna Abidar was also nominated for this year’s César Award for Best Actress.The film, which was presented at Cannes in 2015, was banned in Morocco, where it is considered “a serious affront to moral values and Moroccan women, and a flagrant violation of the image of the kingdom.”In her autobiography, Abidar assumes the role of a zealous feminist in defense of women’s emancipation. Repeating the famous feminist argument, she states that her plight began the moment she came to this world.“The disaster began when I came out of my mother’s womb,” writes the thirty-year-old actress. The most favorite occupation of her father was hitting and beating her “two or three times a day, every day,” she said according to Le FigaroThe violence she was subjected to by her father was both physical and sexual as she writes. Yet, when she tried to confide to her mother “much time later, she did not believe [her.]”She growls: “nobody talks about what men can do to their daughter, their niece.” Virginity, she believes, “is the biggest lie in the Arab-Muslim world.” “Nobody talks about it, since women are expected to remain virgins until the time of their marriage. Virginity, believe me, is the biggest lie of the Arab-Muslim world,” she writes.Loubna Abidar chose her voluntary exile in France because she feels she doesn’t belong to her ‘regressive’ society where women are subjected to various forms of subordination under religious pretexts. “Morocco does not want me; it does not want the woman I am… I believe in what the Prophet Mohamed said, not in the Islam of today that oppresses women and their freedom of thought.” Loubna writes.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.05 billion.On a per-share basis, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had net income of $1.31. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $1.22 per share.The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.33 per share.The home improvement retailer posted revenue of $17.74 billion in the period, topping Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.63 billion.Lowe’s expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.45 to $5.65 per share.Lowe’s shares have increased 20% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 14%. The stock has increased 27% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LOW at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LOWThe Associated Press
18 January 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named two generals with United Nations peacekeeping experience as the new Force Commanders for the world body’s operations in the Golan Heights and Lebanon. In letters to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Ban announced his intention to appoint Major-General Wolfgang Jilke of Austria to lead the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and Major-General Claudio Graziano of Italy to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).In his almost 40-year military career, Major-General Wolfgang Jilke, whose tenure is effective today, has held a variety of posts both within and outside of his home country of Austria. He succeeds Lieutenant-General Bala Nanda Sharma of Nepal in his post as Force Commander.Major-General Jilke has taught at the Austrian War College and has served as Commander of his country’s International Peace Support Command as well as the Chief of the Office of the Austrian Federal Minister of Defence. He has represented Austria in both the European Union and NATO since January 2003.The major-general brings past experience of UNDOF to his new post, as he served twice in the mission in the past as Company Commander in 1975 and as Deputy Chief of Staff from 1989 to 1990.Major-General Graziano joined the Italian Military in 1974, and has since held a number of posts at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He was promoted to the rank of major-general in January 2006.He has a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees in Human Sciences and in Strategic Military Studies.As Commanding Officer of the Susa Alpine Infantry Battalion, the major-general was deployed with his battalion in the UN Operation in Mozambique. He also served as Commander of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in Afghanistan from July 2005 to February 2006.Major-General Graziano will replace French Major-General Alain Pellegrini who will step down on 17 February.
“Prime Minister Zenawi will be remembered for his exceptional leadership and advocacy on African issues within and outside the continent, as well as for overseeing his country’s economic growth and development,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The statement further expressed the Secretary-General’s gratitude for Mr. Zenawi’s strong support of UN peacekeeping and peacemaking operations. Ethiopian troops have regularly participated in UN peacekeeping deployments throughout Africa, including in Sudan, Liberia and Burundi. “The Secretary-General will remember, in particular, Prime Minister Zenawi for his active commitment to working with the United Nations on numerous global peace and development challenges,” the statement continued, pointing to Mr. Zenawi’s recent important role in the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan as well his work on the Millennium Development Goals and climate change. According to media reports, Mr. Zenawi, 57, passed away on Monday of an undisclosed illness. He had been at the pinnacle of Ethiopian politics since 1991, when he served as President, before becoming Prime Minister in 1995.
Tuesday’s GamesNHLBuffalo 3 San Jose 2 (OT)Ottawa 4 Philadelphia 3Anaheim 3 Tampa Bay 1Carolina 2 Montreal 1Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 3Vegas 8 Chicago 3Colorado 3 Nashville 2Arizona 4 Minnesota 3Edmonton 1 Dallas 0 (OT) Los Angeles 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)—AHLSan Jose 4 Stockton 2—NBADetroit 115 New York 108Atlanta 115 Miami 113Toronto 122 Memphis 114Indiana 109 Phoenix 104Denver 117 L.A. Lakers 85—Wednesday’s Games(All times Eastern)NHLSt. Louis at Detroit, 7 p.m.Anaheim at Florida, 7 p.m.San Jose at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.Pittsburgh at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.—AHLChicago at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m.WB/Scranton at Hershey, 7 p.m.Bridgeport at Springfield, 7:05 p.m.Utica at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.Belleville at Laval, 7:30 p.m.Manitoba at San Diego, 10 p.m.—NBAAtlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Washington at New Orleans, 8 p.m.Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m.Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.—The Canadian Press
A 32-year-old taxi driver is now counting his losses after he was robbed and his motor car torched by a woman who pretended to be a passenger at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Monday.The torched carThe victim has been identified as Ravindra Mohabir of Number 59 Village, Corentyne-Berbice.According to information reaching INews, the incident occurred at around 06:40hrs.Mohabir was reportedly leaving his friend’s home after he had just finished assisting him with car maintenance, when he was flagged down by a woman in the vicinity of the Number 61 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.The woman reportedly enquired as to the cost to travel to the Number 63 Beach, and Mohabir answered that it was $2,000. She then entered the 192 Toyota Carina motor car, bearing licence plates HB7773 and paid.He recalled that as he was turning into the main entrance to the beach, the woman requested that he diverts to another entry point.The 32-year-old told media operatives that it was at this point, while he was about to comply with her request that he felt something hard and cold against his neck.Mohabir noted that it wasn’t long before he realised that it was a gun, and the woman began to demand that he turn over his cash and valuables.However, when the taxi driver explained that she was his first “job” for the day, and he had only made the $2,000 she had paid him, the woman reportedly became enraged.As such, she grabbed the cash and the man’s mobile phone before commanding him to get out of his car and run.Mohabir did as he was told and ran straight to the Number 62 Village Police Outpost where he made a report of what transpired.When law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, they found Mohabir’s motorcar exactly where he left it, completely torched.A search for the suspect is on-going. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice teen who killed taxi driver jailed for three yearsFebruary 21, 2019In “Court”BREAKING: Two killed in another brutal Berbice robberyJanuary 9, 2016In “Crime”5 suspects remanded for Corentyne robberyAugust 15, 2017In “Court”
HTC Edge: premier smartphone quadri-cœurHTC va peut-être faire sensation au futur CES de Las Vegas en janvier prochain. Il présenterait le Edge, un smartphone à processeur quadruple cœurs. Le HTC Edge, dont les spécifications provisoires viennent de fuiter sur Internet promet déjà d’être le smartphone le plus puissant de ces prochains mois, tout du moins sur le papier, rapporte Génération NT. Attendu au CES de Las Vegas de janvier prochain, qui reste le plus gros évènement technologique de l’année, ses spécifications donnent le tournis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Cet Edge serait en effet le premier smartphone grand public à embarquer un processeur quadri-cœur cadencé à 1,5 GHz. Un monstre de puissance certes, mais qui va devoir se montrer économe en énergie pour préserver l’autonomie du mobile. Autre rumeur, son écran serait une large dalle de 4,7 pouces et posséderait par défaut 32 Go de stockage. Le tout tournant sous Android 4.0, connu aussi sous le nom d’Ice Cream Sandwich.HTC préparerait donc son smartphone premium pour le système de Google, créneau qui se retrouve bouché ses derniers mois avec coup sur coup le Samsung Galaxy S II ou le Galaxy Nexus ce mois-ci. Néanmoins, ce mobile franchit une étape dans la conception d’appareils nomades et sera à coup sûr l’attraction de ce prochain CES. Vivement janvier ! Le 9 novembre 2011 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambert
PORTLAND — A federal forensics laboratory will examine the carcasses of birds believed to have been poisoned last week in Portland, Oregon, parks.Gary Young, an investigator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that if they were poisoned and it was intentional, the act could be prosecuted under federal law. Such prosecutions are rare.Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society of Portland says corn was found in the stomachs of the birds, leading him to believe they were poisoned. Witnesses said they were having seizures.The Oregonian reports that the carcasses of 30 to 40 crows and one gull were recovered Wednesday from downtown parks, along with several more from other parts of the city.Young says the carcasses will be sent to a lab in Ashland, in southern Oregon.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the people responsible for a break-in at a supermarket in Miami, Friday morning.City of Miami Police responded to the scene of the burglary, near Southwest 17th Avenue and 14th Street.Officials said the perpetrators busted through the front entrance by ripping the hurricane shutter doors.The owner said the crooks took off with cash and cigarettes.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Highlighting the country’s growth potential to woo investors, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Friday the Indian economy will touch $4-5 trillion in about 10 years. “You might not find a better opportunity to create wealth. It’s great time to invest in India.We are going to take India’s $2 trillion economy to $4-5 trillion economy in the next 10-12 years,” he said.He was speaking at an event organised by Indian Private and Venture Capital Association in New Delhi.The World Bank ranks India as the world’s 10th largest economy, at almost $1.9 trillion. Sinha said that the rupee has remained relatively steady due to strong foreign capital inflows, indicating that India is already a good investment destination.He assured venture capitalists and private equity players that their concerns on taxation will be addressed in the current Budget, but declined to into specifics.Sinha said the government’s vision for Mumbai was to develop it as a major international finance centre on the lines of Singapore and London.Sinha was earlier the Managing Director of philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network India Advisors, read EconomicTimes.A few days ago, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stressed the need for tax reforms and faster decision-making for a stable taxation policy regime. “In order to make best use of this opportunity, we have to address two major concerns that is quick decision making and stability in policy matters, and reforms in tax structure and administration,” he had said.
Crystal Dynamics have today released the debut trailer for the next Tomb Raider game, and it doesn’t fail to impress with its cinematic quality.The trailer alone took over a year to create and sees the Tomb Raider series get a reboot for a new generation of gamers, as well as the old fans wanting more Lara.While no gameplay is shown, the quality of the cinematics is clear and you can tell Crystal Dynamics has Uncharted in its sights in terms of visuals. We don’t doubt that the game is going to be something quite special to look at, lets just hope the gameplay matches the look.IGN recently did a preview for the game in the run-up to E3. As you can see in the trailer, this new Lara is somewhat younger than the previous generation. The gameplay will revolve around surviving and escaping the island she has been left stranded on following the shipwreck.As well as the usual aerobic traversal of the island’s landscape, we can also look forward to a “much bloodier” combat system. There’s also a new crafting system which sees objects collected on your travels being combined to form useful objects. The trailer shows a bow, so we assume you’ll be making some interesting arrow heads at least.Tomb Raider was certainly ripe for a new game to be released, and this reinvention is certainly only going to help with the hype in the run-up to release day. Can Crystal Dynamics create something that is on a par, or even surpasses the Uncharted series? For all gamers out there, I really hope so.via the Tomb Raider blog